I attended my first ever bookish event called #BookwormsUnitePH on July 16th, 2017. It was held at Tweedle Book Cafe, Quezon City and it was hosted by these amazing peeps: JM of Book Freak Revelations, Hazel from Stay Bookish, Miel from Bookish and Awesome, Inah from The Bibliophile Confessions, Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads, and Salve from Cuckoo for Books.
It might be very late in posting about this, but I decided to still share my experiences during that day where I had the chance to meet my fellow bookworms/readers, bloggers, bookstagramers, authors, and also the chair of the Philippine Board on Young People (Ms. Tarie Sabido). I had finally met Karina from Afire Pages, Aria from The Many Lives of Aria, and Imo from Amidst the Pages. While I had forgotten where I might have seen the other attendees, I knew that some of them are also bloggers that I had interacted or talked to before.
Now, when I’ve got to the location of the event, the first thing I did is to register, and after that, they handed my registration kit which includes pretty swags and other cool bookish items.
I also gave the books I brought to donate on Bookbed’s A Reader Every Day Campaign. It was a total of 13 books, and some of them came from my collection. It was hard to say goodbye to them, but I know that it would go on the right hands – readers who would appreciate the books and the words written inside it. The program started by 12 noon and before that, the organizers had set-up two side games on the corner namely, Word Soup from Hell and Quote Guessing Games, which I played. I won from Word Soup from Hell and from the pile of books as prizes for that game, I picked The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison. I also tried my luck on the Quote Guessing Game but the quotes were not familiar to me (maybe because most of it were not read by me yet) so I didn’t win that game.
When everyone was settled, the event started by introducing ourselves and sharing what we do – if we are bloggers, bookstagramers, authors, etc. We also added what our current reads and what are the books we planned to read next. As for me, I told them that my recent reads were Goth by Otsuichi and Asylum by Madeleine Roux and I was planning to read next The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross.
After that introduction, we had the first game called Guess the Cover. We were grouped with 3 members each and I ended up with Karina and Imo. Most of the books featured in the game were not from my preferred genre so everyone could already guess that I didn’t really contribute well on our team aside from writing our answers. In the end, we managed to get 17/29, and we had been tied with two other groups. We did a tie-breaker for the 2nd and 3rd place but unfortunately that Carry On by Rainbow Rowell blocked our path on winning that game. But that’s ok! We will take the crown next time!
After that exciting game, we had a break so we could have our lunch. I, with Karina and Imo, went to eat outside and there, we saw the other attendees, and we decided to join them on their table. Finished filling our tummies with foods, we went back again to Tweedle to continue having fun.
The next part was a new segment called a panel discussion, and We Need Diverse Books Panel discussed the importance of diversity on books, and they also recommended some books like Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven.
Then, the romance class community was introduced by giving us what to expect on it as we watched Salve Villarosa and Migs Almendras did a live reading of Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano (who was at the event too!) and all that time, all I could say was “Oh my g! The feels! I’m dying!”. So, if you’re a fan of romance novels, I recommend that you read that book! After the live reading, Miss Mina V. Esguerra, a Filipino author, did a little talk on what romance class was all about and of course, she also shared some insights on becoming a romance author.
To move forward on the program, we had the Know the Bookworms game wherein each participant was asked to group themselves into 12 groups with 3 members each. Then, in that group, we need to remember our member #s because it would help answer the quiz. I was member number 1, and unluckily, I forgot the answer on 2 questions that made our group failed to win that game. But I am glad to meet my teammates, Nicka by Read by Nicka and Eira of Eirareads.
Lastly, we had the most awaited program called the Book Blind Date. I was so excited about what I took from it, and I also hoped that the people who were able to get my books will too love it.
That day was very tiring, but it was ok because I had fun! I was also able to bring home cool goodies and books! I also decided to give some of the books to my friend/co-reviewer here in my blog, Hana, as my way of saying thanks for helping me in reviewing books.
I would like to say thank you again to the hosts, to the sponsors (National Book Store, Penguin Random House International, Macmillan International, Summit Books/Pop Fiction Books) and, of course, to my fellow attendees for the event and for those who made this event successful.